U.S. Postal Service Again Sees Overall Loss, Parcel Gains

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service, as it has for years, reported an overall loss in the second quarter due to declining mail volume and ongoing pension obligations, while its parcel delivery business continues to grow by double digits. See what else came out of the results, and how moves by major carriers may affect its parcel business.

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USPS Pulling Operations Out of Staples

| Mike O'Brien

Three years after it had begun, the U.S. Postal Service is ending its relationship with office supply chain Staples, pulling its beleaguered Staples-staffed service centers out of the stores by early March amid labor pressure and a labor board ruling upholding an earlier court order.

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USPS Requests Parcel Rates Increases for 2017

| MCM Staff

The USPS is requesting a Priority Mail rate increase of 3.9% and 3.3% for Priority Mail Retail. This compares to increases of 4.9% for both UPS and FedEx. See what prices are being proposed across all of its parcel products.

Peak Season Shipping Cutoffs for FedEx, UPS, USPS

| Mike O'Brien

Once again, the folks at ShipStation have provided a useful infographic that provides the shipping cutoff dates for the various services provided by FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. See what the latest dates are that packages can be picked up by major carriers in order to get to their destinations by Christmas Day.

The USPS Ups Its Ecommerce Parcel Game

| Mike O'Brien

Quick question: Which of the Big 3 U.S. parcel carriers delivers the most ecommerce packages? Surprise: It’s the United States Postal Service. So why are ecommerce merchants shifting their shipments to the USPS? Multichannel Merchant dove into this topic, and got some answers from some small- and medium-size merchants.

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USPS Continues to See Gains in Postal Volume, Revenue

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Post Office continued the trend of strong growth in its parcel business while showing losses in mail delivery in its third quarter results. But help may be on the way in the form of a postal reform bill that would lessen the burden of mandated pre-funding of retiree health benefits.